We've been having isolated thunder/lightening storms all day. All of a sudden there's this huge bang, sounded like it was right outside the window.
It set off the toothbrush lights on my grandson's toothbrushes....he has 2 toothbrushes that light up when you tap the bottom. They were flashing away in the toothbrush holder.
I turn on the TV much later...older model, ancient. Looks like it took the color out. I mean, there's green and some color, but it's all uneven. I go and turn on my computer. Voilah!! Monitor distorted, color completely obliterated. It's all wavy looking, almost black & white.
I remember one of my kids did this to a color TV back in the 80's by holding a magnet up to the screen. So what's the deal? Is this the END of my dinosaur TV & computer monitor? I don't think there is a way to fix it unless somebody out here knows. If it can't be fixed then I guess I'll be having a funeral for 2: my monitor and TV.
My fiance' says that your TV can probably be degaussed and if your monitor has an image, it might be fixable, too. I had to look up "degauss" and it is a process for decreasing or eliminating an unwanted magnetic field. When I googled it I saw references to degaussing a monitor, but I didn't click on any of the links.
That's all I know.
Wow!!! I followed the simple direction: Simply turn your monitor OFF, then turn ON again. It looks normal again! For some reason, it didn't fix itself when I shut down my whole computer.
Thank you very much, I had never heard of the term "degauss".
donotfear - you should write a hub on your experience with this. I'm sure it happens more often than you would think!
I strongly recommend this time around purchasing a surge protector outlet strip can help save you some money and headaches.
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